Im*pute" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Imputed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Imputing.] [F. imputer, L. imputare to bring
into the reckoning, charge, impute; pref. im- in +
putare to reckon, think. See Putative.]
1. To charge; to ascribe; to attribute; to
set to the account of; to charge to one as the author, responsible
originator, or possessor; -- generally in a bad sense.
Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the
If memory o'er their tomb no trophies raise.
One vice of a darker shade was imputed to him -
- envy. Macaulay.
2. (Theol.) To adjudge as one's own
(the sin or righteousness) of another; as, the righteousness of
Christ is imputed to us.
It was imputed to him for
righteousness. Rom. iv. 22.
Imputed shall absolve them who renounce
Their own, both righteous and unrighteous deeds.
3. To take account of; to consider; to
If we impute this last humiliation as the cause
of his death. Gibbon.
Syn. -- To ascribe; attribute; charge; reckon; consider;
imply; insinuate; refer. See Ascribe.